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Number of crime offences in the United Kingdom 2002-2018

Number of crime offences recorded in the United Kingdom from 2002/03 to 2017/18 (in millions)

by Daniel Clark, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of crime offences in the United Kingdom 2002-2018 In 2017/18 the number of overall crime offences in the United Kingdom reached 5.87 million, an increase of around 550 thousand offences when compared with 2016/17. Although crime figures were higher in the early 2000s, the number of incidents declined from just over 6.5 million in 2003/04 to 4.4 million by 2013/14.
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The rise in crime witnessed during this period has led to serious questions about how to reverse this trend, and if the police have enough manpower and resources to counter it. Due to austerity measures pursued by British governments after 2010, police forces were forced to cut officer numbers in successive years between 2010 and 2018, resulting in a net decrease of over 20 thousand officers. While there was a slight increase in public sector expenditure on the police force in 2017/18, the 17.5 billion British pounds spent that year was far smaller than the 19.3 billion spent in 2009/10.

Crime rates higher in Northern England
The three regions in England and Wales with the highest crime rate in this year were the North East, the North West and Yorkshire. London, the UK capital also had a relatively high crime rate of 93.6 crimes per 1,000 people while the South West of England had the lowest crime rate of 66.6 crimes per 1,000 people.
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Number of crime offences recorded in the United Kingdom from 2002/03 to 2017/18 (in millions)

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